Mother charged after toddler tests positive for cocaine
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a Baton Rouge mother after they said doctors found high levels of cocaine in her 3-year-old child this week.
Police charged 25-year-old Megan Gaylord with cruelty to a juvenile on Monday after her child was taken to a hospital by the Department of Children and Family Services.
Officers said they were called to Gaylord's home on Marilyn Drive for reports of a fight between her and the child's father. Once inside police said they found the home was covered with dog feces, spoiled food and trash. It was so bad police said they could not stay inside to finish their investigation.
The officers said they also noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from Gaylord and her child. Police contacted DCFS who had EMS take both the child and mother to the hospital, where doctors found high levels of cocaine in the child's bloodstream. Doctors said Gaylord also tested positive for THC, cocaine and other controlled substances.
Once Gaylord was released from the hospital police took her into custody and booked her into the parish prison on cruelty charges.